Lectures & Workshops
Lecture: The Sylvan Cosmopolitan: An emerging archetype of conscious evolution
Morgan Brent, Ph.D.
The sylvan cosmopolitan is one cultivated and integrated into the society of nature by nature itself, i.e. primarily by other-than-human intelligences. The education is self-transformation (knowing something by becoming it), the culture is ecological relations, and the activity is spiritual healing in its myriad forms. Such agents represent the growing edge of human species development. This talk reviews the historical antecedents of this figure and its occasional blossoming into sacred cultures. We discuss the teachers (plant, animal, elemental, and ancestral), the common bandwidth of communication, its language, and the âstoryâ that is spoken there.
We then turn to the current situation. As the earth moves thru its current transitioning we are experiencing the prophesized closing of one age and the beginning of another. More are now incarnating to seize the opportunity this offers to experiment with new prototypes of human evolution. From this perspective, we will look at the various venues and identities by which the sylvan cosmopolitan is emerging into the modern West. We will consider its call to bridge with the techno-rational mind of modernity to alchemize a new ecology of knowledge, a new way of being human. This lays the visionary seedbed from which future traditions of art, music, science, and relationships are already sprouting. This portends for a planet-wide neo-indigeneity growing in the compost of predatory capitalism as it globalizes its self-destruction.
Lecture: Disassociation and Integration: The Techgnostic Pursuit of âTrue Hallucinationsâ
The Spiritual Process. What is it? We will talk about the impact of technology and shamanic traditions on the postmodern worldview. The lessons and impact of Trance on the integral community, and how to move with grace in our technocratic culture. Topics that may be covered in Dr. Conâs rant: Sensory Deprivation, Neurofeedback, AudioVisual Entrainment, Traditional Trance Culture, the importance of Entheogenic Community, Critical Theory, and Reality Hacking.
Lecture: Working with the Politics of Consciousness
Jon Klimo, Ph.D.
Using an extended metaphor, this presentation says we vote moment to moment from and as the living, consciousness-possessing frame of reference we each are, from our entire psychoenergetic being, and this takes place within an idealist universe. Enough of us casting our vote in a similar-enough manner generates and maintains the local consensus reality through a complex, multidimensional reality-creating process. Changing our vote, our state of consciousness, can change what and how we experience. This talk is about creating and changing from within the nature of consensus reality.
Lecture: Yes, Mom Took Acid
Maria Mangini, Ph.D. FNP, CNM
The sociohistorical impact of prior psychedelic drug use in adults. Results of a narrative analysis study of current and former psychedelic drug users.
Lecture: Cosmic Thought, Cosmic Memory, Cosmic Dream
The works of the Austrian mystic Rudolf Steiner, founder of Anthroposophy, provide an amazing articulation of the realms explored in altered states. I will talk about how I have used his ideas to make sense of my own entheogenic experiences, and, beyond that, the world in which we live. Steiner writes about various classes of spiritual beings, which he calls "Luciferic" and Ahrimanic," that try to pull humanity away from its evolutionary path. Based on his own clairvoyant readings of the "Akashic Record," he describes previous and future stages of human development that are vastly different from what we experience today. I will look at his ideas in the light of McKenna's Time Wave, Arguelles' ideas on 2012, and Hopi prophecies.
Lecture: (Unenlightened?) Reflections on Enlightenment and Spiritual Growth
Charles T. Tart, Ph.D.
Many of us want, to try to attain some high condition of grace or "enlightenment," to grow in a spiritual way. Professor Tart will share his scientific and common sense (unenlightened?) thinking on what this might mean in practice. For example, what sort of method or path is the best way, or even a good way, for particular individuals, for example? Do we all end up in the same condition or are there many desirable end points we might call growth or enlightenment? How can this search for enlightenment actually be an avoidance of real growth? How does you and your cultures' world view affect what is possible here? When are we really growing and when are we fooling ourselves?
Panel: Entheogenic Explorations, Q&A with Ann Shulgin, Fire and Earth Erowid
Ann Shulgin, Fire Erowid, Earth Erowid
This expert panel will briefly discuss their interest in entheogen studies and take questions from the audience.
Panel: Spirituality, Technology and Altered States with Eric Davis (moderator), Fire Erowid, Earth Erowid, Dr. Concrescence, Takeshi Irie, and Glenn Grillo.
Panel: Occult Chaos in the 1960's and After with Daniel Pinchbeck (moderator), Erik Davis, Maria Mangini, Ph.D. FNP, CNM, David Caploe, Ph.D, and Shanti.